The primary reason for my big trip was to come to my friend Sam's wedding, where I'd been invited to stand as his best man.
For the days leading up to the wedding, there was a bit of planning and preparation to do; I had to try on and deliver suits, learn how to move flowers, make name cards for tables, and jot down notes for a speech!
On the day, we had about 10 people get ready at our place, groom included, so lots of behind the scenes photos let you know what is involved. I've been told it was worse for the bridesmaids, because they couldn't reach where the dresses were hanging.
The "wedding breakfast" started around 3:30pm, where speeches, drinking, dancing and entertainment followed. You can't exactly have a wedding for Sam without Tui and a band playing Exponents covers; unfortunately I could only fix one of these things, so James and I got up with the band and belted out a totally unplanned and unrehearsed version of "Why Does Love Do This To Me". I couldn't hear myself singing over the row of dancing Kiwis.
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